Daily Republic Sports
PIERRE — An emergency cooperative was approved Monday to allow students from Andes Central, Dakota Christian, Tripp-Delmont and Armour schools to play football together. In an special South Dakota High School Activities Association board meeting held via teleconference, the four schools were given the OK to play together this season and in 2018 in Class 9AA. The decision came following concerns from the Andes Central/Dakota Christian co-op that there would not be a suitable number of players to competitively form a team.
MANKATO, Minn.—It's been a slow start for Riley Reiff at Minnesota Vikings training camp. The Parkston native and projected starting left tackle for the Vikings left the team's first full practice early on Thursday with an undisclosed injury at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. Reiff was present at the team's walkthrough and afternoon practice on Saturday but did not participate. It was the same story on Sunday for Reiff as he was at Vikings training camp, but didn't participate.
CROFTON, Neb.—Tabor Legion pickup player Cole Uecker hit a grand slam to help propel the Tabor Bluebirds past top-seeded and South Central League regular season champions Crofton (Neb.) 15-13 in the District 6B championship game on Saturday in Crofton, Nebraska. Uecker, a Mount Marty College recruit, hit his grand slam in the top of the second inning and Tabor built a 9-0 lead after four and half innings, but Crofton cut into the lead with one run in the bottom of the fifth inning and five more in the sixth inning to make the score 9-6.
YANKTON — After two days of late rallies, the Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion baseball team built a big early lead Friday. A 7-0 lead after three innings at the plate was a pleasant change but the Post 18 advantage wasn't comfortable for long, as Yankton responded six runs in the bottom of the third. And for the final four innings, Mitchell hung on to the one-run lead, avoided elimination and advanced to the Class A State Junior Legion tournament semifinals with a 7-6 win over Yankton at Riverside Field.
RAPID CITY — Victor Padilla's walk-off, line-drive single to left field helped Aberdeen Post 24 defeat Renner Post 307 Friday in an 8-7 elimination game victory at the Class A State Legion baseball tournament.
MITCHELL — The annual South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association "Old-Timers Game" is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The game will be played at 1 p.m., and is open to all former players 55 years and older. Players do not have to sign up in advance but are asked to be at Cadwell Park by noon. The Old-Timers Game is the first event of the 2017 South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, which opens play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with first-round Class B action.
PIERRE—The Mitchell Black teener baseball team took third place at the Region 2A tournament on Thursday in Pierre. Mitchell went 3-2 in the three-day tournament, beating Huron 15-3 on Tuesday, falling to eventual champion Watertown 13-3 and beating Aberdeen 16-14 on Wednesday and beating Pierre 12-7 before losing to Brookings 12-11 (13 innings) on Thursday. Throughout the tournament, Mitchell recorded 69 hits and scored 57 runs.
MADISON — Cole Cheeseman had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning, as the Salem Cubs clinched a trip to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament with a 6-4 District 4B playoff win over Dell Rapids PBR Friday.
PARKSTON—The Dimock-Emery Raptors scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings and then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge Mount Vernon 7-6 in a District 5B amateur baseball game on Thursday at The Pond in Parkston. Tucker Kingsbury smacked a double to score Sam Arend, who was a courtesy runner for Doug Sudbeck, for the game-tying run. In the bottom of the 10th, Sam Pischke scored the game-winning run on a Mount Vernon error.
RAPID CITY—The Aberdeen Smittys Post 24 Legion baseball team stayed alive in the Class A state tournament by fending off a late Sioux Falls West rally and holding on for a 5-4 win in an elimination game on Thursday in Rapid City. Aberdeen jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings and added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sioux Falls West scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull within one run, but the rally ended there.